Rejoicing in the Nativity 2014

On the 25th of December, the holy Church commemorates the Nativity of Our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ

The Feast of the Nativity of our Lord is celebrated in its kontakion, composed by Saint Romanos the Melodist, through the blessing and aid of the Virgin herself: “Today the Virgin giveth birth to Him Who is transcendent in essence; and the earth offereth a cave to Him Who is unapproachable. Angels with shepherds give glory; with a star, the Magi do journey; for our sakes a young Child is born, Who is pre-eternal God.”

“What mysteries beyond mind and speech! God, in His compassion, is born on earth, putting on the form of a servant that He may snatch from servitude to the enemy those who with fervent love cry out: ‘Blessed art Thou, O Savior Who lovest mankind.'”

Apolytikion  Thy Nativity, O Christ our God, hath shined the light of knowledge upon the world; for thereby they that worshipped the stars were instructed by a star to worship Thee, the Sun of Righteousness, and to know Thee, the Dayspring from on high. O Lord, glory be to Thee.

Kontakion  Today, the Virgin bears Him who is transcendent, and the earth presents the cave to Him who is beyond reach. Angels, along with shepherds glorify Him. The Magi make their way to Him by a star. For a new child has been born for us, the God before all ages.

Prayer  Glory to Thee, Christ our God, glory to Thee, because for our sake Thou, the divine Logos who transcends all things, becamest man. Great is the mystery of Thine Incarnation, Savior: glory to Thee.